Friday, November 25, 2016

As the Leaves Kiss the Stream by Terry Barnes

My thoughts: Occasionally one is given the opportunity to delve into the pages of a story that grips the heart, angers, encourages, blesses, and leaves you in awe. I felt as though I was reading a true, biographical novel of a father and daughter. Based on truth? I don't know, but it rings true with the depth of love, frustration, anger that is revealed in the persons of the father and daughter.

I admit that I'm simply not someone who knows a whit about fishing - especially fly fishing. There is a lot about the art and skill and actions involved in fly fishing. The writer uses this quite aptly and ingeniously as a descriptive tool that digs deep into the emotion, spiritual, and physical angst of the time and place.

Well written and worth sharing with friends. Caution though..... there is a lot of anger on the part of the teen daughter as she lashes out at her mother and father, against life in general, and especially against all things religious.

This is a clean read and one I can easily recommend to my readers. A short 116 pages rich in wisdom.

About the book: ... a story about a father and his seventeen-year-old daughter. He is a missionary; she is a problem.

Together they go camping and fly fishing in the Ozarks. Together they clash and argue.

Then one cold, October morning as they fly fished beside the pure water of the stream, together they learned something about grace.

For the tears of a father ... are as the tears of God ... that fall silently and caress the one beloved, much as the autumn leaves that gently fall and kiss the stream.
Begins November 26
ENDS December 10 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
Open to USA addresses only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway 
DISCLOSURE: I was given a complimentary copy by the author to facilitate a review of my own opinions which are freely given.


  1. I love when a book is able to make me feel a wide range of emotions, to me that's the sign of an author who really knows how to tell a story and the fact that this one is a novella is great, as sometimes novellas just lack depth. Great review.
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. Thanks for your comments, Kimberly. The daughter was really a wide open loose cannon filled with anger and the father showed so much patience yet inwardarly was angry and seething, too.

  2. I love a good ispirational book! Great review. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

  3. What a lovely book. It is realistic in his theme.Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. The pinterest link doesn't seem to work. Thanks!

  5. It takes a special gift for an author to be able to explore such deep themes in such a short book! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!


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